Import DVD to iTunes Library or Sync to iPad, iPhone, iPod and Apple TV on Mac

Outline: Maybe you tried numerous methods of getting a DVD onto iTunes, but all failed. Because iTunes only allows users to import CD yet not DVD, how do you import DVD to iTunes. The following paragraphs are written down for assisting you to finish the DVD to iTunes conversion on Mac.

If you assume that ripping your DVD collection into an iTunes format is a task that just isn’t worth your time, you’d be wrong. The typical cost of a movie from iTunes ranges from $10 to $20 dollars. Ripping DVDs you already own, or possibly DVDs you’ve picked up from, presents an opportunity for tremendous cost savings and greater bang for your buck. Those movies are just sitting there and they're quite bulky. Why not get them into a format that you can actually benefit from, and maybe get yourself even closer to breaking the cable! It is time we revisit the process of ripping your DVD collection into iTunes on  your Mac. Ripping DVDs is not only easy, it can save a lot of money as you begin (or continue) to build your digital movie library.

When you first begin to rip your DVD collection it is important to map out a plan. Understanding the use of your final output can save yourself time and megabytes. For our purposes, the mission is to get a commercial DVD into iTunes so we can watch it on an iPad/iPhone/iPod or through an Apple TV. As you move through your DVD collection, you will find yourself fine tuning the process to make it perfect for your particular setup. I would also recommend that you keep all of your original DVD discs. I typically recycle the cases and store the discs on an old CD-R spindle to save space. Keeping the original disc somewhat handy in the beginning is helpful as not all rips will go perfectly, and you might not see the issue until its up on the big screen.

Now, you may be wondering how you can get those movies from DVD to iTunes to sync with your iOS device, like an iPhone, iPad, Apple TV. Apple does not create software to allow you to copy DVD into iTunes directly. Don’t worry,  because I’m going to show you how to import them all into your iTunes library on Mac (including Yosemite 10.10, 10.9 Mavericks, 10.8 Mountain Lion).

You need another third-party app to rip the DVDs to your hard disk on your computer.

The Necessary Tools:

1. DVD drive: This isn’t a costly venture. The only thing you might need to purchase (if you don’t already have one built-in) is a DVD drive. My recommendation is the AmazonBasics USB 2.0 external DVD Drive, because it’s simple, affordable, reliable, and easy to use. Alternatively, you can use the Remote Disc feature to share one Mac’s optical drive with another, but that’s only if you have an older iMac or MacBook Pro.

2. A third-party app: Pavtube ByteCopy for Mac

Now, you may be wondering how you can get those movies from DVD to iTunes to sync with your iOS device, like an iPhone, iPad, Apple TV. Apple does not create software to allow you to copy DVD into iTunes directly. Don’t worry,  because I’m going to show you how to import them all into your iTunes library on Mac.

It is a lean and incredibly versatile DVD ripping tool that can remove copy protection on a DVD and rips DVDs to iTunes friendly formats with high quality. These the ripped DVD movies can also be stored to create backups of your media, played on media center, burnt to disc later or even exported as iPhone/iPad/Apple TV device ready file in one click. If you are running a PC and want to put DVD to iTunes library, please go and get ByteCopy for Windows.

Now you can download and install ByteCopy for Mac I recommend, and the operation is easy and speedy. Now start ripping DVD to iTunes to import DVD movies to iTunes for enjoying them as you please.

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How to Rip DVD to iTunes on Mac OS X?

Step 1. Import DVD source. 

Connect the external DVD drive with you Mac, place DVD disc in DVD drive. Launch the Mac DVD to iTunes Converter, when the Welcome page pops up, Click "Try" to continue. In the Main interface, click "File" > "Load from disc" to load DVD movie. Here you can also import (3D) Blu-ray, DVD folders, ISO files and IFO files to convert.

Tips: You can choose preferred subtitle and audio by scrolling down the "Subtitles" and "Audio" option. And "Forced subtitles" will help you get translations only alien languages are displaying.

Step 2. Choose iTunes supported format

Click the drop down box of "Format" to select iTunes highly compatible format like MP4 from "Common Video", HD MP4 from "HD Video", 3D MP4 from "3D Video" or multi-track MP4 from "Multi-track Video" profile list.

Tips: If you want to add the DVD movie to iTunes and then sync to iPhone, iPad, iPod, Apple TV 3, etc., you can also directly select iPhone, iPad, Apple TV or iPod as the output format to get videos with optimized settings for your iDevices.

Plus, you can go to "Settings" page to adjust parameters of your output profile including Video&Audio bitrate, frame rate, aspect ratio, etc.

Step 3. Start ripping DVD to iTunes on Mac

When you done everything, click "Convert" button to rip DVD movies to iTunes formats on Mac. This might take some time; however, it is important to note that the conversion time depends on the size of the DVD movies. Once the conversion completes, you can get the ripped DVD movie file under "Open" panel.

How to Add the converted DVD movies to iTunes for playing?

Once you have your output file, it is time to load it into iTunes on Mac. Simply grab your MP4 or M4V file and drag it over to iTunes. The process is simple all you need is:

Step 1. Click "File" menu on the left side of iTunes toolbar
Step 2. Choose the "Add File to Library" option
Step 3. Open the output folder that contains the videos
Step 4. Select the file and click "Open".

After opening the file the will go to your iTunes and you can verify if the transfer has been successful by going to the iTunes library and typing the name of the file. If it is successfully transferred, A thumbnail of the video file will appear in your screen. If the transfer is successful you can further transfer the file to your iPod Touch, the new iPad Air 2, iPad Air, iPad Mini 3, iPad Mini 2, iPad Mini, iPad 4, iPad 3, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 plus, iPhone 5S/5C, Apple TV 3, Apple TV 2, Apple TV etc. and you can easily enjoy them everywhere you wish to.

If you’ve used a meta program, then you will see your movie with a properly formatted title, description, and cover art. If not, then all you need to do is right click (or control-click) on the file and select “Get Info”. From here, you can update the name, add cover art, and update any other data you want.


Converting your own DVDs to a digital format is a pretty painless process. Using a basic tool and some pre-planning, you can bring new life to that DVD collection collecting dust in your closet.

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